Former Seattle Seahawks player Anthony “TJ” Cunningham shot dead in Colorado over a parking spot
According to the local sheriff's office, the duo met in a parking lot between two middle schools to settle their long-running parking spot feud.
A former payer of the National Football League (NFL) was reportedly shot dead in Colorado over a parking spot on Sunday, according to authorities. The ex-Seattle Seahawk Anthony “TJ” Cunningham was shot multiple times by a neighbor in Arapahoe County on Sunday morning.
According to the local sheriff's office, the duo met in a parking lot between two middle schools to settle their long-running parking spot feud. Reports state that 46-year-old Cunnigham was shot in the feud and succumbed to his injuries on Monday.
TJ Cunningham has been a beacon for our community since he stepped foot on campus at CU Boulder.— Buffs4Life (@Buffs4Life1) February 18, 2019
Quick with a smile and helping hand, TJ has always been a model teammate, father, husband, and friend.
Our prayers are with his family at this time. pic.twitter.com/BiYMyssKII
The alleged shooter, identified as 31-year-old Marcus Johnson, was arrested shortly after the incident and is currently being held at the Arapahoe County Detention Center on a first-degree murder charge. Johnson's first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.
Cunningham played for the University of Colorado and was a safety on the Seahawks during the 1996 season until injuries ended his career, the New York Post reported.
CU Athletic Director Rick George released a statement shortly after Cunningham's death, saying: "We were deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the death of T.J. Cunningham. He was a good family man and had a strong passion for working with young people as evidenced by serving as an assistant high school principal."
“He was also a good alum, an active alum, and took great pride in being a Colorado Buffalo. Our hearts go out to TJ’s family on their tragic loss. We will miss him," the statement added.
Reports state that Cunningham was an assistant principal at Hinkley High School in his native city of Aurora, and according to a GoFundMe set up on his behalf, the 46-year-old was married with five children.
According to officials, a physical fight broke out between the two men about the parking space and the duo continued to taunt each other over text. Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Deborah Sherman, while talking to 9 News, said that the pair later agreed to meet up in person to settle their dispute.
Reports state that Johnson alerted the authorities about the shooting, saying that he had shot his neighbor and claimed that Cunningham had attacked him earlier in the day.